And she fell in love.
She has since mentioned hot chocolate frequently and is regularly pretending to be having some or making some in her play kitchen.
Yesterday, she harassed me all day to go out the falling snow and when she finally did that afternoon, I decided a cup of hot chocolate might be in order when she came in. So I mixed up a small amount of this one.
She loves her Curious George mug we found in a thrift store somewhere.
She cracks me up when she sits like this -- my little grownup. :)
Hot chocolate is very simple to make. I'm not sure why they put so many nasty things in the packets in the store but it isn't necessary. Two ingredients are all you need plus a little milk. And since the ingredients are very basic, it's simple to use organic ingredients (or whatever dietary restriction) as well.
Which is what I did.
The one note I would make is to mix in the cocoa mix while heating the milk so that it incorporates better.
You can make up the mixture and keep it in the pantry until you need it if you like. Or just mix up a little when you need it.
I got this recipe from here. Keep it on hand and enjoy it when you need a warm little pick me up.
Hot Cocoa Mix
1 cup sugar (organic or conventional cane, rapadura, coconut sugar or granulated honey)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (conventional or organic)
Combine in a jar or container. To use: Warm 6 oz. milk and 2 Tablespoons cocoa mix. Do not boil. Pour into mug. Add marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.